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Council Receives Update on Shelburne Splash Pad


On July 12, 2021, Shelburne’s council received an update from the Splash Pad Committee. The intent is to raise $300,000 by the fall of 2022, with the committee reporting that they had obtained just under $200,000 thus far. Councillors asked staff whether there were strategies to supply the remaining funding for the Shelburne Splash Pad as there were concerns about rising costs. This was deemed unnecessary after the equipment supplier revealed that the contract should be finalized in the upcoming weeks. 

On behalf of the Shelburne Splash Pad committee, Sandra Gallaugher and Shaila (Bella) Carter presented to councillors a status report on the fundraising efforts for the initiative. The location for the Shelburne Splash Pad, Greenwood Park, is being provided by the town. The contract for the project has been awarded to Park N Play.

“At this point in time, we’re working with the town staff, engineer, and Park N Play on the installation of the splash pad so that when it’s time, when we have the money, then we’re ready to go,” said Sandra Gallaugher. 

Gallaugher explained how the original plan was to raise the entire $300,000 by the end of this year, but that has been extended due to COVID-19. She shared how fundraising events for the Shelburne Splash Pad have been held by businesses, individuals, and local service clubs.

“There’s also been an overwhelming response to this project from the community with many donations through Canada Helps and Rotary,” informed Gallaugher.

Councillor Lindsay Wegener asked whether there were concerns with the rising costs of equipment affecting the project’s budget. Gallaugher delineated how they had the equipment requoted several months ago and how they’ve managed to keep planned expenses in check.

“We’ve had to maybe adjust some equipment, that type of thing, to make it still fall in our budget, but I’m quite confident that we’re ok with that,” told Gallaugher.

Sandra Gallaugher then stated that they would likely be purchasing the equipment for the Shelburne Splash Pad soon and storing it until fundraising is completed and it is time for installation.

Staff explained that the town would contribute $400,000 towards the Shelburne splash pad in addition to the land. The money budgeted was generated through development charges and will pay for the underground infrastructure and equipment installation. Annual operating costs are expected to be $20,000 to $25,000 and will also be assumed by the town. 

“We will be prepared, at least on our end, to entertain the project next summer,” declared Mayor Wade Mills, who thanked the committee for its efforts. “It’s certainly something that is highly anticipated by the community. And quite frankly, we couldn’t have done it without your help.”

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